First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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WOW, I have much to say on this matter . In fact I'm in the process of looking for an appropriate attorney to sue my previous PCP for prescribing my medications for 6 (5 failed) neck surgeries that have left me disabled at 40 yrs old. I got food poisoning, and was rated as an OD in the ER bxz I had the correct amount of medication in my system. My Dr, denied what her RN prescribed, which of course is all documented. So now I see some guy, about 40 mins from my home, and you must know some days I can barely move, but he isn't a pain mngt specialist, he is a core rehab guy. A glorified physical therapist. He doesn't follow standard protacols, such as taking my blood pressure, every visit, don't labs on my liver, nothing. His PA is like 70, and forgets every conversation we have had and what he did the month before, even writes the stuff down wrong.

This is what over regulation is bringing us to. Those of us who can't afford to pay out of pocket for a high end pain doc, are sent to those who see a lucrative and consistent weekly pay, for very little work. Or of course are left to find a back alley in which to pay astro prices for******that may just kill us depending on what's it's been cut and stepped on with. ...

There is a middle ground, but since sex offenders are no longer a hot topic for politics after the politicians totally screwed that pooch, pun intended, now the new hot topic is prescription drug abuse. .. I can't turn on PNR without some news story about this topic. .. I'm sure Mr Trump has access to any medication he may need for any ailment. So does the senators who make 400 plus thousands a yr before all the extra cash they pull in for various speaking engagements, book deals , etc...

Americans need to wake up and realize that politics is a game, and the winners are the ones who get the seat and lofty incomes, not the American ppl.

The only way to change this is to stop putting in office ppl who are chasing the dragon of politics... Perhaps no one should vote this coming round of elections. .. That would speak volumes. We ARE a democracy, if WE choose to be so. ..
WOW, I have skit to b day on this matter . In fact I'm in the process of looking for an appropriate attorney to sue my previous PCP for prescribing my medications for 6 (5 failed) neck surgeries that have v left me disabled at 40 yrs old. I got food poisoning, and was rated as an OD in the ER bxz I had the correct amount of medication in my system. My Dr, denied what her RN prescribed, which of course is all documented. So now I see some guy, about 40 mobs from my home, abs you must know some days I can barely move, but he isn't a pain mngt specialist, he is a core rehab guy. A glorified physical therapist. He doesn't follow standard protacols, stuck as taking my blood pressure, every visit, don't labs on my liver, nothing. His PA is like 70, and forgets every conversation we have had abs what he did the month before, even writes the stiff down wrong.

This is what over regulation is bringing us to. Those of us who can't afford to pay out of pocket for a high end pain doc, are sent to those who see an in on a weekly pay, for very little work. Or of course ate left to find a back alley in which to pay astro prices for******that may just v kill us depressing on what's it's been cut and stepped on with. ...

There is a middle ground, but since sex offenders are no longer a hot topic for politics after the politicians totally screwed that pooch, now the new topic is prescription drug abuse. .. I can't turn on PNR without some news story about this topic. .. I'm sure Mr Trump had access to any b medication he may need for any ailment. So does the senators who b make 400 plus thousands a yr before all the extra cash they pull in for various speaking engagements, book deals , etc...

Americans need to wake up abs realize that politics is a game, abs the wonders are the ones who get the seat and lofty incomes, not the American ppl.

The only way to change this is to stop putting in office ppl who are chasing the dragon of politics... Perhaps no one should vote this coming round of elections. .. That would speak volumes. We ARE a democracy, if WE choose to be so. ..
As an elderly and disabled person this behavior is disgraceful . Both doctor and pharmacist should be ashamed of themselves for treating people the way that they do for their chronic pain . Something has to be done about this .
Going through something very hard. In a skilled nursing facility at the age of 35. Yet my primary Dr. Still dicating no pain meds. How do you rehab without meds? It is the right of a Dr. To treat someone in pain . especially acute pain. This is demeaning. Harsh and a failed judgement of character.
I suffer from chronic migraines. I have had them last for 30+ days. I have also visited my local ER when I was near suicidal ith the pain ~ pain so bad that labor or a small bowel obstruction would be a walk in the park. When a migraine gets to that point when the standard abortive medications did not work and a person is out of options, the only thing a person can do is get enough pain relief and possibly some form of sedation to sleep it off.

I have ad two doctors in my local ER flag my chart as an addict, one of whom yelled at me because the antiinflammatory given did not work (he assumed I was lying).

I now have a specialist whose hands are tied when it comes to controlled medications. I do have one of the mildest pain relievers t help when abortive meds do not ork but I cannot have a sedative because I would have to sign a pain contract ~ not a problem except that the requisite drug tests are expensive and fall under the deductible clause in my insurance. My out of pocket cost would be anywhere from $150 to $300 each. I can't get it done even the same day or with a faxed order within an hour at a cheaper lab to cut costs either.

Most people do not want to rely on medications, controlled or otherwise. I do think responsible doctors will try many modalities to relieve their patients' pain. The patients themselves in most cases have likely tried every possible remedy seen on the internet too.

Are there people who abuse? Yes. Is that the majority? No. OxyContin was marketed as less likely to be addctive and Purdue Pharmaceuticals admitted to lying about that, yet the responsibility is falling on doctors who were also lied to. This leads to super paranoia with pain contracts. If a patient becomes dependent - not the same thing as abusing - and inadverantly breaks a vague rule on their pain contract they are often dismissed from the practice. They are not tapered off their meds properly and since they become basically blacklisted at this point, the only recourse for those people is to live in the hell of withdrawal and their chronic pain condition or take the risk and get something from the street.

As someone who has literally curled up in a ball on the floor praying for the pain to stop and finally praying to just die (I am not exaggerating), it is imperative that patients be able to freely talk to their doctors and that doctors can be free to help their patients without fear. It is relatively easy to spot an irresponsible doctor who is overprescribing especially with the induction of EMRs.

There are easy solutions to deal with the few bad apples without putting the patients and doctors on the hook for the irresponsible practices of a drug company who put profits above the truth.
I would like to say that this is the most ridiculous thing happening in America. I have never met anyone who enjoys being in pain. If I am hurting or sick enough to actually go to the doctor other than my regular visits than I am seriously seeking help. I have suffered with chronic pain for more than 9 years now and I do not enjoy taking any medications but I did not get a choice in this matter. My pancreas just decided to malfunction. (and it is not from alcohol, spicy foods maybe... idiopathic is diagnosis). If I am lucky enough to feel well I have better things to do than go to the ER and sit and wait half the day. I do realize that some people abuse medications however if you have a diagnosis with proof that you are ill it should not be left up "the government" to decide how you should be treated. Again with a diagnosis you will not be wasting your time seeking meds if you are feeling well. trust me on this, those good days are so wonderful.
You are preventing people from getting proper medical treatment!
My mother just died after entering the hospital in relatively decent health. Obamacare is an "obamanation". I want no family member sent to the hospital until it's fully repealed. I will stop them.
My mother just died after entering the hospital in relatively decent health. Obamacare is an "obamanation". I want no family member sent to the hospital until it's fully repealed. I will stop them.
I could be working and paying taxes. Instead I languish in pain and suffering because of the moral cowardice of "pain management" doctors.
Treated unfairly looked at as a drug attic because I have sciatica and scoliosis ,shoulder pain can't get any dr to help these days when in past have had help with pain management your judged as soon as you tell them what works for you I'm in pain daily can barley function without pain on ssd but receive no relief
Imagine that your loved one is in debilitating pain. Now imagine that the medicines that make it possible to maintain a decent quality of life are taken away because pain sufferes are the newest victims of a political football. And we tend to hurt too much to be the loudest voices in the room. All it will take is the denial of pain relief for your loved one or yourself at a time of legitimate pain. Then, you will understand if you don't already. When you are doing the pain management therapy, when you listen to Dr. Jon Kabatt Zinn every night, go into debt for matresses, chairs, etc that give any kind of relief. When you have tried and continue to use other treatments (pt, acupuncture, tens, etc). And a major component of your treatment is taken away because others are abusing pills. Please save us from the current climate. We are suffering in the United States. Help us please.
"But for the grace of God, go I." We've all heard that saying! I want you to think of the last time you had a tooth-ache, and made an appointment to see your dentist. You tried many types of OTC meds for your pain, and you were so looking forward to going to the dentist, so he could address the problem and you'd feel better. Imagine you needed that tooth-pulled, so he gave you some Novacaine, or maybe something stronger to deal with the procedure.

When it was all over, you were thankful that you could just put that experience behind you. BUT, what if you were in that kind of pain DAILY--either the "tooth-ache pain," or maybe even the "tooth extraction" pain, but did not have access to any meds to help you deal with the pain?

I have a chronic debilitating (organ) pancreas disease, which is extremely painful & causes chronic nausea. I also suffer from a few back & neck injuries, degenerative disc disease, sugar diabetes, high bld pressure, Anxiety, Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, Acid Reflux, Bi-polar with PTSD, nerve damage down my whole left side of body from head to toe from just one of my back injuries & surgery on it. I've had nine different surgeries & continue to suffer with daily chronic pain. The controlled medicines I receive help to control my pain, so I can be a reasonably functioning human being. I've worked most of my life & I'm on disability now. I rarely leave my home due to all my medical problems & my debilitating daily pain.

I do not understand why the government would want to possibly deny me the medicines I need to function? And I do feel hurt, upset, & devastated that our government can place so many restrictions on the prescribing of these meds, that it basically gets to determine how much pain I need to suffer? Where is MY freedom? Why can't my physician be free to devise a treatment plan for me (which includes a controlled med pain prescription)? Why can't I have the freedom to have my chronic pain alleviated--ESPECIALLY when adequate treatment exists?

I do realize that there are people who abuse these meds, and/or sell them illegally. But I shouldn't have to pay the price for their poor actions/bad behavior. Lord, please help us!!
I'm suffering now due to this.I've had rsd decades could die without my medications. Along with suffering severe fist cut sent to pain management.. Still no help treatment or concern. The idea is killing the real disabled and elderly that need!! The right pain medications. Its a very serious control with extremely urgent resolution resolved asap.
Had to sign, the descrimination must stop! Since a car accident at 13, I have constant chronic pain. I have endured every medical procedure including surgery just to be pushed out the door with prescriptions for pain meds and muscle relaxers. Now now over 36 years later I am looked at as a criminal by my Dr since I legally treat pain with mmj. Am told it will kill me if take the prescribed Vicodin with it. My primary care physician (new doc at facility followed my doctor to over 10 years ago after he closed his own practice after having gone there the previous 18 years) says I use street drugs, the federal government agrees with him, that mmj illegal. Regardless of state law he refuses to now prescribe me pain meds (or any other medication). He does not agree with the AZ Dept of Health or the ARS Statute
       36-2813. Discrimination prohibited
C. For the purposes of medical care, including organ transplants, a registered qualifying patient's authorized use of marijuana must be considered the equivalent of the use of any other medication under the direction of a physician and does not constitute the use of an illicit substance or otherwise disqualify a registered qualifying patient from medical care.
AZ licenses the Dr but he will not provide medical care in direct violation of law written to prevent what he is doing. 2 months now, still no meds and no relief in sight from my Dr......Do no harm, indeed! Lawyers want retainer to fight this blatant case of descrimination while I get no relief unless choose to use pharmaceuticals only that kill people every 19 minutes (that we know of!). What good is the law if our rights are denied and the doctors are scared to treat us?! Do no harm....please! Doing nothing to help the patient is defiantly doing harm, physically mentally and emotionally.
I am a transplant patient. My pain is failing organ, without necessary meds to keep my pain tolerable, I'd be in ER constantly at the mercy of any relief they could give. I often am in so much pain that the little amount of relief medications give just are not enough. It's not my fault, not because I like taking them. I hate it actually. If my insurance would cover the transplant cost instead of me having to raise funds, then I doubt I'd ever be signing such a petition. It's not until you've been where I am, that you realize just how many people are suffering needlessly. Because the fears are epidemic, and the solutions are hurting those, which these drugs were designed to help. Look we can't just live without them. Not without a better option. Targeting Doctor's and Patient's with legitimate pain needs, and making them suffer, and finding fault, stigmatizing us..it's just not the answer. It's a kin to beating up the elderly. Please find a better way to fight this war on drugs. Go after the street dealer who's targeting your children, and let your doctor do what God created him for. One day you will need his saving grace. Please, please, please know that we who really have no other option hate what drugs does to our children just as much as you, but we do not get high, we feel pain despite the meds, the meds just help make it so we can take a bath, or get dressed, and sleep sometimes, that one is really important because right now I hardly ever have a pain free night sleep. Think of your elderly, who cannot speak, or tell you how much it stinks to not want to shower because the pain makes us so sensitive to cold, that we often must wait till mid-day when the air is more kinder. This is what it's like. It's humbling, It's humiliating, and demeaning to have to tell it to Congress! The worst thing is to have judgement upon my personal dignities because trust in America has now come down to this. While we ignore the hypocrisy of some of the very systems set in place to help protect our rights. Our right's are becoming less, and less. Without trust what is there? At what point do we toss trust to the water in exchange for captivity? When we are scrutinized for taking a pill to cope through the day for the fault of natural causes, in which, human organ's sometimes fail. Do we go along with a healthcare plan that say's no care for "sick-care". If they only knew that a covered transplant done sooner than later, could save me a life-time of needing pills to cope, and give me a chance for normal life. But when that is refused, and transplant clinics, and Doctor's are run out because health care reform thinks it know's better. It doesnt know, it doesnt even know that it,it'self is also human, subject to needing that clinic, that doctor, and perhaps that pill! It cant see past it's own political correct-ed-ness to see, that it traded common sense, for a mess of confusion. I speak to my own testament, and to being a witness of many other's who are also, t
I am daily strugling with pain that has no surgical option and can't get relief needed to care for my 2 beautiful daughters, my elderly grandmother or myself and SO appropriately. You have succeeded again in making people who really need help pay (with terrible agony in my case; physical & mental) for the actions of criminals. Rediculous and cruel. Should be criminal to let people suffer this way. If I left my dog suffering the way I do daily they would jail me. I have no doubt that many of the pharmacy robberies i see on the news are people who are not addicts but simply people in pain who have lost their "care" about laws because the DEA has made it illegal or "wrong" somehow for a doctor to "care" that they are suffering. Makes me very sad for everyone in my situation. My empathy to chronic pain sufferers. Almost seems like our government would rather have us seek out heroin or some other illegal drug than treat us appropriately with the legal drugs they have at their disposal. Sad.
I an nurse. I am a chronic pain patient. I have been discriminated against by physicians, pharmacists, and family. I have treated patients with chronic pain. One particular patient was a young female hospitalized for depression related to chronic pain. She committed suicide. I will always remember this women. She was tired of the pain, humiliation, and poor treatment. The biggest offenders are medical "professionals." Reform and education is long over due. If a person is being treated poorly or discriminated against speak out. Call out the individual on their behavior. It's time to eradicate blaming patient. They didn't chose this. Stay strong.
There is so much I should say about how wrong we are being treated about our medicines. All these other messages have said it so well. I would like to say God please send us help. You truly know we have done nothing wrong. Please show the people the truth that are in the position to help us.
I have a lifelong degenerative disease which began when I was only 35. The standard immuno suppressing treatments have caused me to get life threatening infections and had to be discontinued. Pain medications are the only thing that keep me mostly out of bed and keep my spirits up (because I'm just in agony, not horrible mind blowing I want to die agony). Every day I read posts in support groups from people with horrible conditions and diseases who are now being denied adequate pain treatment. The doctors are afraid, and the people who are suffering the most now suffer even more. The suicides have already increased. Please end this madness and legislate responsibly without hurting those who already have too much pain to handle.
I feel as if I'm being scammed just so I can stay with the pasted 3 doctors I just keep hearing made up stories of why I can't be seen any longer after a couple surgeons said I'll spend the rest of my life in horrible pain ....I had a truck set on my head now I have plates an screws all over my face an omg I have to hide from my family when pain attacks occurs cause I cry an scream into a towel because its so horrible 2 different drs said I failed drug test so they can't see me anymore but both time I left the Dr an went strait to the store an bought the exact same drug test an pasted each time I then would call them an request a blood test that I signed for in there paper work if I ever failed one an I got hung up on an had to find another Dr an its really hard when ur on medicade an no Dr's accept it an each Dr I went too kept finding other reasons to treat me like my leg needs PT or my neck needs a CT scn every week an if I say there's nothing wrong with anything but my face an teeth Then the problems start now the Dr I'm seeing now cut my meds in half an lowered the dose by half because I rescheduled a PT appointment not To mention how many dentist I've seen to get my teeth fixed that were knocked out from the accident an they seen me to oral surgeons Who do not accept medicade only thousands of dollars so it feels like I'm left to suffer or just die . I actually want to go to work an earn my way but can't get fixed or help but anyway thanks for reading hope nobody has to go though what I'm having to for the past 6 yrs an lost all my friends an family stops asking if I want to go because of pain if we only get one life to live why can't we get help being pain free or fix the underlined problems I was told she I was a kid I needed to grow up an become a doctor to help people not screw them outta money or life of pain they deal with .i'm existing not living
I feel as if I'm being scammed just so I can stay with the pasted 3 doctors I just keep hearing made up stories of why I can't be seen any longer after a couple surgeons said I'll spend the rest of my life in horrible pain ....I had a truck set on my head now I have plates an screws all over my face an omg I have to hide from my family when pain attacks occurs cause I cry an scream into a towel because its so horrible 2 different drs said I failed drug test so they can't see me anymore but both time I left the Dr an went strait to the store an bought the exact same drug test an pasted each time I then would call them an request a blood test that I signed for in there paper work if I ever failed one an I got hung up on an had to find another Dr an its really hard when ur on medicade an no Dr's accept it an each Dr I went too kept finding other reasons to treat me like my leg needs PT or my neck needs a CT scn every week an if I say there's nothing wrong with anything but my face an teeth Then the problems start now the Dr I'm seeing now cut my meds in half an lowered the dose by half because I rescheduled a PT appointment not To mention how many dentist I've seen to get my teeth fixed that were knocked out from the accident an they seen me to oral surgeons Who do not accept medicade only thousands of dollars so it feels like I'm left to suffer or just die . I actually want to go to work an earn my way but can't get fixed or help but anyway thanks for reading hope nobody has to go though what I'm having to for the past 6 yrs an lost all my friends an family stops asking if I want to go because of pain if we only get one life to live why can't we get help being pain free or fix the underlined problems I was told she I was a kid I needed to grow up an become a doctor to help people not screw them outta money or life of pain they deal with .i'm existing not living
I feel as if I'm being scammed just so I can stay with the pasted 3 doctors I just keep hearing made up stories of why I can't be seen any longer after a couple surgeons said I'll spend the rest of my life in horrible pain ....I had a truck set on my head now I have plates an screws all over my face an omg I have to hide from my family when pain attacks occurs cause I cry an scream into a towel because its so horrible 2 different drs said I failed drug test so they can't see me anymore but both time I left the Dr an went strait to the store an bought the exact same drug test an pasted each time I then would call them an request a blood test that I signed for in there paper work if I ever failed one an I got hung up on an had to find another Dr an its really hard when ur on medicade an no Dr's accept it an each Dr I went too kept finding other reasons to treat me like my leg needs PT or my neck needs a CT scn every week an if I say there's nothing wrong with anything but my face an teeth Then the problems start now the Dr I'm seeing now cut my meds in half an lowered the dose by half because I rescheduled a PT appointment not. To mention how many dentist I've seen to get my teeth fixed that were knocked out from the accident an they seen me to oral surgeons. Who do not accept medicade on thousands of dollars so feels like I'm left to suffer or just die . I actually want to go to work an earn my way but can't get fixed or help but anyway thanks for reading hope nobody has to go though what I'm having to for the past 6 yrs
Chronic Pain is a disability and those are are suffering because of this governments loosing war on drug are being discriminated against just as if they were a religion or race because of the actions of those who will continue to abuse drugs. Our government is now creating heroin addicts when those who will abuse drugs can no longer get the pills they want. Did we learn nothing from Prohibition in this country?

Doctors should allow those who are suffering with pain to make decisions on what will help them with their quality of life the most and that decision should be between them and their doctors without any politics involved. We need to legalize Medical Marijuana which is helping so many instead of narcotic medication but still continue to use both to help these patients and their quality of life.

Veterans who come directly under the governments care and have given so much for our country are now being tortured under these CDC and FDA policies on pain medications. No Veteran should suffer one more day in pain than is necessary and this is NOT necessary. Take a stand for the millions of Americans who are needlessly suffering. Thank you
To Michelle P. from Albuquerque, NM... I just had the same problem last week and I am not one to ever feel that way. My dr of 19 yrs had enough of the "new rules" so he sold his practice and went back to Ohio. I have been through hell since 2002 and having the same problems as most of the post's on here. Please don't do that, I UNDERSTAND. I have been so stressed out too. They have bled my savings account dry. The last doctor forced Morphine on me after telling him over and over I am allergic. He insinuated all my other dr.'s didn't know what they were doing. I had such a severe reaction I too almost took my own life because I wasn't thinking straight. I finally got back with my old pain management dr and have to come up with a medication plan. I cannot afford $500 a month for them on top of my other meds. The DEA are a bunch of *******'s. There is a difference between USE vs ABUSE. Not everyone is abusing the medications and are tired of being treated like that. Everyday it's a new "rule". If anyone is interested go to DEAsucks.com. Good info and they have T-shirts and other stuff that have DEA SUCKS on it. I just ordered the fleece coat. I know things suck but try to smile at this one. At night is when I really struggle with my stress and the weight of the problem big time. Everyone is lying to us and it's all BS. So many ppl are hurting and dying over "Big Brother" helping us. If that's help, PLEASE STOP HELPING US, YOUR KILLING PEOPLE
D E A has made my life almost unbearable.i've been through several times of withdrawals because Dr afraid to give me pain meds i've been taking over 10 years for a chronic illness no cure we can only keep you comfortable Ha Ha I'm in chronic pain just left Dr who said D E A would come after him he want give me enough to hold Me 30 days DEA YOU MAKE DRUG ABUSERS theses Drs know patients with Chronic illness and Chronic pain we are paying them to suffer in pain i've 3 days to see the spine surgeon he's not going to give me anything just set up another appointment and oh yeah another co pay I worked when I was able now I can't there's no help for me I can't afford to go to the Streets and or etc.so good old senior citizen suffer because DEA says if your Dr gives you pain Meds you've been on 10 Years we will pull his License
I am suffering from severe Neoropathy. my Dr. retired and transferred me to a PA who flat out refused to fill my pain Medication any longer. Ive been on my meds for 15 years. This was a last resort so I could eat and have some relief to live a semi normal life. I also suffer from Gastroparesis. My pain meds helped me hold food down and prevented me from jumping in front of traffic. yes, i was going to end my life in order to end the constant Pain. now Thanks to this new PA Im going to have to carry out my suicide and hurt my two young daughters. They don't care and they never will. i hope my girls can sue for negligence once i kill myself. I have nothing to leave them, not even a home. so, i am praying to God that they can sue. i have No option. believe me. ive tried.
I am livid with our federal and state government and the DEA, that causes such horrible suffering and takes away any quality of life. I have taken a controlled substance for 15+ yrs, and in 2012 started this nightmare. In 2014, I joined this medical circus; I was told It's "peripheral polyneuropathy" After many doctors, much money and medication that gave me a "peptic ulcer". The lack of compassion, consideration, and concern regarding my quality of life. I decided to help myself. I tried marijuana to ease (physical and mental) pain, and it worked on many medical issues So happy to finally find relief from the horrible pain and sleepless nights. I wasn't hurting anyone, and I was doing great. Until Dec. 2015, when I went to my doctor for my controlled substance medication, and was told I could not have it because I tested positive for marijuana. Regardless, how much benefit to me, and I must get a medical marijuana card to show him. However to get an Illinois medical marijuana card, is almost impossible. The requirements are so great and way out of reach. So, now, it seems, I AM DAMNED!!! Leaving my only option of suicide, because I can't live my life, (in this manner) or have any quality of it. due to the DEA, state government, and medical profession!
I have lived in pain for the past 20+ years from fibromyalgia. I jumped through all their hoops to be prescribed pain medication. I have to weigh the cost of physical addiction against wanting to take my own life to rid myself of being in constant pain. The pain meds I was given has helped me to live a somewhat normal life. Until under Obama care ( THAT IS JUST TO MUCH FOR ME TO AFFORD) I was told that their has been new guide lines in place and I was going to have to give up a portion of my pain meds to meet their new guide lines..I did what my dr. asked me to do. But the next time I was forced to go to the dr. to be able to keep getting my medication, My Dr informed me that I needed to give up more to meet the new guide lines. I have no insurance due to my husband passing of brain cancer and have to pay cash to go to the dr. and buy the medication. There is no concern for my life or what I have and do live...instead they treat me like a drug addict and force me to pay out money I do not have just to get the medication I need to live a productive life. To top it all off I have started having panic attacks due to with drawl and was told that I had to choose between and anti anxiety medication or the pain medication...all due to the new guide lines you see! I DON'T SEE HOW WE CAN CONTINUE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING ...THERE IS NO LOVE OR CONCERN FOR THOSE THAT ARE SUFFERING, IN FACT THEY MAKE YOUR SUFFERING WORSE....ALL BECAUSE THEY CAN. To all those that are suffering in pain and going through what I am or similar...I bless you and pray that God will make a way for us all.
Blessings!...Cheryl
I have sarcroillitus and trochanteric bursitis and some spinal degeneration and sacral erosion for 10 years, which can cause up to a level 9 aching pain. I get cortisone injections every 4 months that alleviates the pain to a zero, then do a course of PT. Sometimes I require a mild narcotic a couple days before before an injection when the pain returns with a vengeance. It works. Why suffer unnecessarily? However, now, with all of this drug paranoia, doctors have been offering me painful alternative procedures (expensive ablations), biologics (with a million life threatening side effects), and synthetic pain relievers that also have bad affect and no very significant pain relief. Why? Why poison your patients with new questionable drugs when you already have a solution that has centuries of good results and no long term negative consequences (unless you are an addictive type)? Money, money, money. Biologics are very expensive, even though they are poison, synthetics are expensive, they don't relieve pain. Ablations are expensive and painful and if they do alleviate the pain eventually, your body will fail to signal that your inflammation has hit critical mass and other proximal body parts may deteriorate without getting the signal of distress in time. And then, well, you just have to get another expensive, painful ablation. Somehow, the idea of burning nerves is, well, disturbing. Do No Harm. As a last note, I have personally experienced medical professionals stealing narcotics while a hospital patient. Too much to get into now, but it's very hard to prove, and, while in hospital, one is very vulnerable and not in a safe place to launch an investigation.
I suffer excruciating pain cause from arthritus. I am only 51 yrs old and already i need two new knees and elbow replacement i also have bone spurs on my spine and neck and a contracure of my right elbow. No one could deny that i suffer yet I have seen numerous doctors and pain management specialist who refuse to treat my issues with anything more than trigger point injections and steroid injections. I also have coronary artery disease limiting inflamatory meds. Through all this i have had less than twenty doses of serious pain meds in over twenty years.
I am fed up with suffering. I was once an avid golfer, fisherman, hiker, hunter and kayaker, not to mention dozens of other things i used to enjoy. I now sit in front of a television and mourn the activities which i know i could still enjoy if i could get the proper treatment.
Not only does my spirit and body suffer but i also lost a $75,000 income, my house, my wife and family who no longer care to be around an old cramky******in constant pain. Most of the time i just want to die and end the suffering. Is it time to get a lawyer or are these docors so well protected that they can continue to neglect their oath with impunity.
This has come to a point where you are no longer doing anyone any good! While it's true there is need for more abuse control, you are targeting the WRONG people. Narcotics have been in use, and misused since 3,000 BC when the first recorded history began with Emperor Cin (chin) the first emperor of China. You are targeting patients, so what have you accomplished? THIS! Suicide rates among the sick are shy rocketing. People are DYING in ER parking lots and sent home to die in excruciating pain. What choices have you left for the real, decent, hard working patient who follows all the rules? You have ONLY accomplished feeding the great Heroin epidemic which YOU CAUSED! Patients are now left with only three choices. Live and eventually die in horrible pain. You CAN'T use the excuse that no one dies from secere pain. That's a LIE! Severe chronic pain causes sharp and rapid rises in blood pressure, often leading to fatal heart failure., or suicide which I personally have lost a number of friends to because they just couldn't live with the pain. And lastly, patients are turning to the streets out of fear and total deprivation. No, we as patients did NOT create the Heroin epidemic. YOU DID! The deaths, suicides and Heroin epidemic are all YOUR fault, yet you people who by the way fail drug tests yet are STILL allowed to stay on the job ruining lives and families for exactly what YOU are doing. You keep bring up the statistic that narcotic use and abuse has risen 40% in the past ten years. SO HAS THE POPULATION AND IMMIGRATION! You are a bunch of hypocritical, drug using liars who are murdering people every day. WHY? Because your war on Marijuana failed and you need to justify your jobs so you can afford the drugs your agents use and DON'T get punished for. You are a bunch of drug abusing, hypocritical, fake*****phoney liars who ruined this country and the medical system YOU are killers of the suit and tie group called "Agents". Better yet, STONED agents. That's MY opinion/ You are KILLERS!
The Doctors should be treating the people in need. But they can't because of the DEA. Doctors practice Medicen . The DEA Dictates Medicen. When the Doctor tells you he is sorry he can't help you anymore because he is worried about the DEA. The Doctors take a Oath to do no harm, not the DEA. But the Docors are doing harm because of the DEA !
I am only 25 and I suffer from chronic pain. Unfortunately the area I live in has a very high rate of addiction and therefore because I am young doctors have ignored my pain for years. They believe I must be seeking drugs. Never mind that there are days I can barely walk because my back and knees hurt so bad, who cares that I can't play with my children or pick the baby up out of his crib. Oh and I guess when my knee swells to the size of a grapefruit that's just in my head too. I want to be able to go to the doctor and feel like they care that pain is effecting every aspect of my life and to treat me like a patient not someone who must be seeking drugs just because of my age.
35 years ago, at the age of 25, Both my husband and I, were in a terrible car accident. My husband and I both worked and raised 3 sons, until he passed away from pancreatic cancer 14 years after the accident, when he was 39. I know what it's like to watch someone you love in pain. Having to run to the hospital to get morphine suppositories, because he couldn't keep pain medication down. I had to wait at this hospital pharmacy for 3 hours, because even back in 1994, I was made to feel like I was a drug addict. I am 60 now, I finished raising my sons, one just retired from the U.S. Coast Guard, and still works for the federal government. The second son was in the navy, and now is a police officer for the VA. My third son graduated from college. One of the courses he majored in was psychology, with emphasis on PTSD and pharmacology. If you ask him why, he'll tell you that watching his mother, and what I was going through, was one of the reasons. As I aged, it all starting catching up to me. I have watched my grandchildren grow up. Mainly from a distance, because I can't hold them or play with them. Having been to numerous doctors in my life, and trying a lot of different medications for inflammation, anxiety, which is mainly caused from pain, and for fibromyalgia. I keep trying to stay positive. There is no reason, with all the medication that can be used for pain. That we let people suffer. It's like anything else that people abuse, those people will find it somehow. Where as those hard working Americans that have given so much from themselves and their families, that really need pain meds. Are made to feel like abusers.
Since about fall 2009; I have been dealing with health issues that have only gone downhill and keep getting worse. I was 19 when all this started. In 2012, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Trying to get doctors to listen and help us anymore is out the door cause our insurance companies control what kind of care and medication we get these days. Before my health problems started; I was very active walking everywhere with my friends everyday was an active day for me before 2009. Then one day in fall of 09 I woke up feeling like I my body was on fire. The beginning of 2015 is when it got the worse for me. My body is always inflamed, I'm burning up constantly, my skin turns extremely red and also discolors, I am always having headaches/migraines, joint pain, muscle pain, seizures, muscle spasms, hard to move around or be active, kyphosis, schmorl's nodes and that's only half of it. I'm only 25 and can barely have a life. My doctor won't help me give me relief, so I can get through a day. This is ridiculous that the people who need help can't get help because the people who don't need it abused the system and so it turned into a ripple effect. Shit! Now every time you go into the ER for something they assume your only there for pain meds and especially if you mention the word pain they instantly assume. What happened to preventive healthcare? What happened to all people deserve equal care? cause from my view it looks like the only people who actually get adequate treatment are the A-list rich people.
I am now 66 years of age and I have severe pain. I also have panic attacks. Upon moving to wv I have been unable to find a physician to treat me
Im going through this been on my pain meds for 13 years have 900lbs steal beem fall on me had two dice lepinctomies. My new for past year pcp doesn, t want to give me my meds so I seen a new doctor for pain management. He said he would take ober my meds. Well today he had to write my scripts and first thing he did was take 1 pill a day away from me and wants to keep taking. The meds help me. Ibhave never said i need more but still going to takethem what qwaquality of life am I going to have now!!
My doctor said he could no longer give me my pain meds 3 weeks ago,because my dose was too high,and he could lose his Liscence. ..huh.?????? Since when?? Since wallgreens called and asked why I was on these meds. Why didn't u stand up for me,and others?..I've been going to him for 5 yrs,and he's kept me comfortable. I have many many back isues after 3 failed surgeries, ..was also diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome. Wow..I hurt.I can't walk, or even lift a coffee mug w the pain.
Who the the hell do these people think they are threatening my doctor like that. He should be able to help us,after all,this is his specialty. He wants to help,but tells me he can't any longer. What a puss,so I have to suffer. I can't even walk w out my meds. I'm m bed ridden now,and meds are almost gone. Should be a treat to face withdrawal, and pain together. Yay...
Why would you let pharmacys,dictate what we need??? There job is to FILL. That's it. They aren't docs. Just fill my script,and shut up,its not your buisness. It's between me and my doctor.
Thanks s lot doctors!!!!you should all stand up for us, and help us. Instead,your too scared. If you all just kept doing your job, this wouldn't be happening. All the docs should stand up for themselves, instead of making us suffer. Your all a bunch of pusses.fight w us,or well get no where. stop being pushed around
Give the patients their life back,and the relief they had and deserve allready. .... I'll tell you right now,this better change and quick.
If any of you doctors had a family member going through this would u stand for it??? No.. I doubt it.
Come on people!!!!! Let's do something! !!!!
This is total bs.
Why did u doctors specialize in pain management, if your scared to manage our pain???? Stop being so scared...do something! !!!
I am not a drug addict. I am dependant on meds for my pain. There's a difference.
My fiance has a herniated disc. He's been waiting since early December for his appointment Feb. 12th. In the meantime doctors have refused to help his pain. When you're in that much pain with no doctor support, you wind up self medicating or worse.
My wife suffers hourly due to the fact the government has decided what her quality of life should be.
Denial of service eugenics, sounds like Germany 1939? No its here in the USA Now..
L5S1 lumbar spine discectomy and 10 years suffering with chronic pain. At age 31 it is about 100 x more difficult to find health care professionals that believe I have real pain. luckily I found once pain management doctor that believes me. But pharmacists are a nightmare to deal with. I have a PhD in medicinal chemistry...the doctors realize that I understand the pharmacology and trust me but pharmacists are too low on the intellectual ladder to understand this.
I have been suffering for 8 years with pain. It gradually worsened to the point that I could barly walk at age 39...I was told to exercise, and try Tylenol. Funny, but I did it. Then when that failed I was given medicine to help my sleep and to supposedly help my brain tolerate pain, like an anti- depressant but I wasn't depressed!
That didn't work... Then I was put on Lyrica, I fell asleep at work and could not focus. That did not work. The doctors only ran blood work and told me I was healthy. One Nurse practitioner insinuated that I needed mental help in her report but didn't tell me that, I had to beg her for an X-ray which revealed fluid in my hip, a cyst and a labrum tear- which would cause PAIN!! She still thought it was in my head but referred me out for surgery and said there was nothing I could do about the pain until I had surgery!!!!
Well I decided to head out of the small county I live in and got different doctors and had the hip surgery. They ran MRI's and xrays, Voila! More Answers. I have degenerative disc and joint disease, hip dysplasia, Graves Disease revealed by a sonogram not blood work, which causes excruciating pain around the eyes and thyroid problems. When I had a hip Labrum tear and did the hip joint surgery- they shaved the femoral neck bone down and post surgery I fractured- 1.5 yrs later, I'm still healing from the fracture, still in pain and learned that I have Osteoporosis- at age 40! I am on Forteo shots to help heal the bone and my osteoporosis... Forteo shots daily cause pain in the bones and severe muscle spasms. I have also been diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis which is auto immune disease that I take Otezla for and it helps a little with the muscle spasm and joint pain. I also take Celebrex for the arthritis in my joints. oh and the newest diagnosis, a RARE symptomatic Tarlov Cyst on my L5 nerve root
- I have a spinal cord leak that ballooned the L5 nerve sheath which requires surgery. Talk about lower back pain, it also cause a variety of other painful symptoms. I am a mother, wife and work full time to support my family and pay my mortgage. I can now barely stand 10 mins without being in severe pain. Thankfully, my doctor was able to provide me with medication that allows me to be able to stand, work and walk about 30 minutes at a time now. I went back to work with a fractured hip and in pain!! I've also had two epidurals to help with the pain at a very expensive cost of $8000.00 each- thank god I have insurance.however, the relief only lasted 3 weeks. I also use a TENS unit and Lidocsine patches, physical therapy- you name it I've tried it.
If ADVIL worked don't you think I would just pick up a bottle for $4.00?? I tried it all. I wouldn't be spending thousands of dollars for surgeries and medical help for auto immune disease and other physical deformities that caused physical damage to my body.
It is very sad that there are people that have serious addiction problems but that is no reason
What does IC feel like? ALL.THE.TIME.
A million paper cuts with lemon juice and salt poured on top. A dry catheter insert. A popping rubber band. A bowling ball on your bladder. Acid on open wounds. The intense need to pee as if you've held it for a day; every few minutes. Burning acid flowing out as you urinate. Sore stomach muscles. The "ring of fire" feeling that never ever goes away. Fear of going anywhere unfamiliar because you dont know where or how easily accessible a bathroom is.
Going to doctors who dont believe it exists.
Going to doctors who won't treat it.
Going to doctors who know nothing about it.
Being given conflicting information and misinformation from every health care provider you see.
Being told they'd rather cut your bladder out than give you pain meds. Being told you just need to learn to cope with the pain.
Being prescribed drugs with far worse side effects than a narcotic.
Being told repeatedly by general physicians to see a psychiatrist.
Being ignored when you try to explain how much you hurt. How tired you are from never fully sleeping. You hurt even in your sleep. Its a constant tormentor. One who never leaves.
That is my constant reality.

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